Feeds

Cisco, IBM tackle home video conferencing

The war for consumer telepresence

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Cisco and IBM are expected to introduce home video conferencing services this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

On Monday, IBM and Polycom said they have expanded their partnership from selling pricey corporate video conferencing wares to introducing new services targeting consumers. The service will rival yet-to-be-announced consumer market telepresence products from Cisco, which are also expected to be unveiled at CES.

By the shape of things, Cisco will likely be the first into the battle. While Cisco is anticipated to show actual products in home teleconferencing, Polycom will arrive at CES with a high-definition telepresence demonstration that's based on IBM's cloud infrastructure.

Polycom said the demoed service will allow consumers across the world to link up in "full-size" 1080p HD from the comfort of their home. The demonstration will be part of a larger IBM Smarter Home showing at the trade event.

Meanwhile, Cisco has been much more tight-lipped about exactly what it will show at CES — although it has been extremely vocal about bolstering its wares in the consumer video market, has plenty of corporate video conferencing offerings, and has the increasingly popular Flip Video camcorders that sport sharing-friendly features. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts
Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?